Hey, I’m Micah
A leader’s coach and skilled communicator on a mission to help leaders at the forefront of their careers become outrageously successful.

Starting as a teen volunteer with an Afterschool program, I worked my way through every role in non-profit organizations learning many tough lessons along the way. I spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of running non-profits. I worked hard to become effective at board development, managing staff, community engagement, raising money, and implementing effective programs.

However, my passion has always been developing leaders.

In fact, my personal mission is to encourage, equip and empower leaders to better their lives, their influences and their communities.

Leadership is my thing.

“My biggest responsibility is to develop leaders. Everything I do focuses on that.”

I was quoted saying that back in 2015, and nothing has changed since. I’m a lifelong study of leadership principles. I love books by inspiring leaders like John Maxwell, Tony Dungy, Jim Collins and others.

In addition, 20 years in the not-for-profit world and 10 years in the Army National Guard have given me hands-on experience teaching and modeling leadership principles.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to positively impact so many lives.

Stories like “Frank’s” are why I do it.

I was director of the Roy C. Buley Community Center in Muncie, Indiana when “Frank’s” mom dragged him in by the ear. (That’s not his real name.)

She wanted me to give him a job. I could tell he had been smoking and was high. Frank was on the path of dropping out of high school. Throwing his life away on drugs.

Like any of us who cares deeply about seeing kids succeed, turning Frank away wasn’t an option. I put him on staff. I knew the positive environment I had helped create was powerful enough to overcome whatever he was bringing in with him.

There were a lot of tough conversations, with me and my staff. A lot of accountability. If you’ve worked with kids, you know exactly what I mean. But he learned, and he grew.

We stayed in touch over the years. He made it through high school. He’s become a spiritually mature young man. Like me, Frank is building a career in the military.

He’s become a leader himself.

Stories continue with those I’ve hired, coached and mentored along the way. Leaders that have gone on to be executives, entrepreneurs, teachers, and many other roles.

When those I’ve mentored become leaders themselves – when they begin to mentor others – that’s when this kind of work pays off.

I have always strived to be a leader of leaders.

The key to success for people like Frank is building a firm foundation of leadership principles. I call mine Micah’s Values, and they are pretty simple:

  1. Be on time and work hard.
  2. Be honest and transparent.
  3. Be direct but approachable.
  4. Make decisions you can be proud of.
  5. Be frugal, it pays off.
  6. Always remember who you serve.
  7. Know when to lead and when to follow.
  8. Always mentor someone and be mentored.
  9. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.
  10. Do your part to help others.

Whether in my roles as executive director for youth organizations or as an officer in the Army National Guard, I have learned that it is consistently communicating these values that have been the key to setting up those I serve for success.

I have also learned how important it is to model Micah’s Values. Young people like Frank never would have fully understood why I have these principles if he could not see their fruit in my life.

I have learned from my mistakes.

Some of the top experts in their fields became that way by learning from their own mistakes.

When most people think of personal finance, they think of Dave Ramsey. But have you read his story? He’s had a personal finance radio show for more than 25 years, founded Financial Peace University and became a best-selling author … after losing everything he had to debt.

Dave Ramsey didn’t have a firm set of values to guide him to success until after he failed.

I have made mistakes. I have failed. Once, it cost me my job. When I look back on my resignation from the Boys and Girls Club, I know texting sexual content to a young adult who was a former club member was a decision I could not be proud of. Resigning was the best decision for the people I served.

My biggest mistake was forgetting some of the most important of my own values. Admitting that has made my commitment to them even stronger.

This next chapter is built on a solid foundation of experience in communication and leadership.

I have always mentored others, and I don’t plan to stop any time soon. That’s because I know we make the most impact on the world when we do more than lead.

We make the most impact when we develop good leaders. When we teach others to do the same.

Thank you for visiting my site. I look forward to exploring how we might work together to empower others, to learn and grow, and to make the world a better place.

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